Book Review: The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook by Carroll Pellegrinelli

Celebrate the holiday season with festive, deliciously easy Christmas cookies

‘Tis the season to pull out those cookie cutters and get ready to whip up an array of magical, mouthwatering Christmas cookies! From Gingerbread People to Candy Cane Cookies, this standout among Christmas cookbooks is packed with foolproof baking guidance, tons of festive decorating tips, and dozens of super easy recipes for tasty treats―perfect for gifting and simple enough to sweeten any occasion.

This guide is everything Christmas cookbooks should be, starting with the best practices of holiday baking. Find hands-on guidance for decorating techniques like piping icing and adding flair with sprinkles and sugar. Then, bake up some Christmas cheer with simple step-by-step recipes for more than 60 delightful cookies, brownies, bars, and even special treats not found in other Christmas cookbooks.

This top choice in Christmas cookbooks includes:

Christmas cookie kitchen―Go beyond other Christmas cookbooks―this one will show you some essential ingredients you can find in your supermarket, plus guidance on hosting your own cookie swap!
Christmas around the world―Discover cookies and traditions across the globe you won’t find in other Christmas cookbooks, like St. Nicholas Cookies (Speculaas), and Polish-Style Christmas Cookies (Kolaczki).
Yummy Yuletide treats―Enjoy 60+ classic and creative cookies ranging from Christmas Sugar Cookies to sweet and salty Bacon and Eggnog Cookies to giftable Polar Bear Chow and beyond!
Deck the halls with a wonderland of Christmas cookies in The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook.

Amazon (to be released on 11/3/20)

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook starts with instructions on some basics and how to perform many of the decorations on cookies. Then, of course, are the Christmas cookie recipes. There are also some recipes for not-quite-cookies, such as truffles (yum). After the recipes is a conversion chart which is always helpful, a list of ingredients that should be bought early if possible, and equipment you may need.

I don’t do a lot of baking except for during the Christmas season. There are certain cookies I have to make every year, and then I usually try one or two new recipes.

Some of these recipes are classics. There are several that I already bake that are just a little different from the ones I usually make. For example, the Spritz is one that has been handed down for a few generations and are a little different than the ones in this book, but close enough! I always make a recipe similar to the Snowballs, but mine doesn’t have almond extract (guess what I’m going to try this year).

I found one that I’m going to try this year. The Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are adorable, and they sound delicious.

The one thing that would make this cookbook even better would be more pictures of the recipes like the one above.

This book has me ready for the Christmas season now! The author explains how you can whip up cookie dough to use later. I think I may do that in the next week or two.

About the Author

Carroll Pellegrinelli is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her first book “Travel with the Lee Girls as They Shop and Eat Their Way Through the South – New Orleans” combines her three loves. The book is part personal travel travelogue, part guidebook and part cookbook featuring some of the area’s iconic recipes.

“Starter Sourdough – The Step by Step Guide to Sourdough Starters”, Carroll’s first full cookbook, was on The Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list. It was written to help people understand that Sourdough bread isn’t hard to make; it just takes advance planning.

Carroll’s second cookbook “The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook” will be released on November 3rd. It has over 60 recipes just perfect for holiday baking.

Besides God and her family, Carroll has three big loves: baking, travel and writing. As soon as she could reach the counter, her mother taught her how to cream her butters and sugars. In later years, her father took up baking bread as a way to deal with work-related frustrations. He shared what he learned with Carroll. This passion for baking lead her to a 20-year job as the Desserts and Baking Editor for About.com, which was owned by The New York Times. She created over a thousand pieces of content such as recipes, articles and how-to baking features online. Even though About.com no longer exists, some of her content can be found via The Spruce Eats website.

While her parents were imparting their zeal for baking, her grandmother introduced her to another passion – the exciting world of travel. Carroll’s grandmother took her on her first cruise at age 9. Since then she’s been on at least another 25 more. She’s traveled the world on the sea and via land on her own, and for two decades as a travel agent and tour guide.

Carroll discovered her love for writing by accident. She went back to college to finish her bachelor’s degree. There was a special program that afforded working adults the ability to complete two years of college in just one year. The third year was completed by writing life experience essays and the final year was accomplished by attending weekly classes and writing term papers. Carroll discovered her knack for writing when she had to write a 10-page paper once a week for nearly a year.

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